Nissan is expanding its world’s best-selling electric car by offering the Leaf e+, which boasts of a new powertrain with 50 percent additional power and range.
The “e+” stands for the increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. With its 50 percent additional power and an EPA-estimated range of up to 364 kilometers, the new Nissan Leaf e+ is set to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.
“The new Nissan Leaf e+ offers all of the style, convenience and electric vehicle benefits that have helped make Leaf the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, plus even more driving excitement, range, power, and choice,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America. “Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs.”
As of now, the Leaf e+ will be sold under the Leaf Plus Series in the US and Canada, with each trim level receiving its own designation of S Plus, SV Plus and SL Plus. Globally, the vehicle will be referred to as the Nissan Leaf e+.
The Nissan Leaf e+ has a high-capacity and more powerful battery, 160 kW motor in the LEAF e+ combine to produce 45 percent more power and 250 lb-ft. of torque, allowing faster acceleration at high speeds. Sprinting from 80 km/h to 120 km/h is almost 13 percent quicker, allowing the Leaf e+ to overtake slower-moving vehicles, exit faster on corners, and easily merge in fast-moving traffic. The top speed is increased by 10 percent for comfortable cruising.
Nissan’s ProPilot Assist in the Leaf e+ helps the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, the ProPilot Assist will automatically apply breaks to a full halt if necessary. After coming to a full stop, the vehicle can remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake.
To match the Leaf e+’s additional power and increased mass, Nissan has reprogrammed the e-Pedal software for smoother operation and enhanced pedal feedback, especially for operation in reverse, and for smoother and more rapid deceleration, making it easier to stop the car using e-Pedal, even when backing up.
In addition to ProPilot Assist and e-Pedal, the Leaf is equipped with advanced safety technologies, including Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.
New for the Nissan Leaf e+ (for North US and EU models) is a larger, thin-film transistor, full-color 8-inch display, which has an updated navigation system that can be linked to a smartphone.
Other new features include Door-to-Door Navigation, which syncs the vehicle’s navigation system with your compatible smartphone for seamless driving and walking directions. The Connections feature allows any of the car’s passengers to quickly and easily connect to a device within the vehicle.